Hiking in Glacier National Park
Visiting glacier national park is one of my most cherished memories. It was very special for several reasons.. this was our first big RV trip. We drove from Texas to Montana, which is literally across the United States. It was a total of 1,897 miles. Glacier national park was also our first national park experience and we got to share it with Kyle’s grandad, who joined us in his RV to mark G.N.P. off of his bucket list at 83 years old!
Hikes we completed:
Trail of the cedars- This was our first hike in Glacier National Park and it really set the bar high for the rest of our hikes. Trail of the cedars is a very popular hike, so parking around the trailhead fills up quick. It is a 1 mile loop with a wooden platform to walk on, making it wheelchair accessible.
Avalanche lake trail- this was my favorite hike of our entire trip. The trailhead is located on the trail of the cedars hike. This hike was a little difficult but so so worth it. This trail ends at the most beautiful lake. The reflection of the mountains on the water was astonishing. This trail was about 4 miles out and back.
Highline Trail- This trail was the most exciting one we did, solely because we almost came face to face with a grizzly bear on the trail.** We only made it approximately 3 miles into the trail before having to turn around due to the bear. This trail is accessible from the logan pass visitor center. The trail follows along the going to the sun road for the first bit and has some beautiful views. There is also a rock wall with a rope that you walk along in the beginning of the trail that was pretty neat. You don’t really need to use the rope as the path is wide enough to feel stable, but if you’re afraid of heights the rope can be soothing.
Hidden Lake Trail- This trail is a 2.7 miles out and back. This trail is accessible from the logan pass visitor center. It ends at an overlook of a beautiful lake. The trial continues down to the lake, but while we were there that portion of the trail was closed to bear activity. The path there is straight up for the most part, there are a lot of steps, but the ending view is worth it. There is a nice rock that you can sit on and take in the beauty of the lake below. On the way there, if you have binoculars you may be able to spot mountain goats at the top of the mountain in the distance.
Other things we did in G.N.P and the surrounding area:
Drove from the west side entrance of the park to the east side, making stops along the way.
-stop to look at McDonald falls
-stop to look at Jackson glacier
-drove through cool tunnels
-passed the weeping wall
-saw beautiful waterfalls right from the road
Went on a tour from a company in whitefish that took us to see lake McDonald, the hungry horse dam, and the Polbridge Mercantile. The red bus park tours were full for the entire duration of our stay, so if you want a GNP tour, book early!
-yummy baked goods inside the Mercantile
-neat restaurant next door
-There are boat tours available here and I believe kayaking in the summer months.
- Beautiful colorful rocks and mountain views from the shore.
Where we stayed
North American RV park in Coram, MT.
This park is 5 miles from the West entrance of Glacier National Park
This RV Park has yurts and RV spots. The RV spots were spacious, and the park was pretty quiet. We stayed in the newer back portion of the park and enjoyed the distance from the road and the privacy it offered. I believe every spot has a fire ring and picnic table. This campground accepted passport America discount and good sams discount and made our two week stay there very affordable. The AT&T service was good, and our wireless hotspot internet box worked well for the entirety of our stay. I would definitely stay here again.
Things to keep in mind
*Going to the sun road now has a ticketed entry system during the busy summer months. We went in September, so we did not have to worry about this but do your research and be aware!
**Bear spray is necessary! We thought otherwise and almost came face to face on a mountain trail with a grizzly bear. Thankfully, we turned around early and had other hikers nearby with bear spray. I would recommend buying the bear spray before you get to the park because the prices are increased drastically. There is also an option to rent the bear spray in the park, assuming you don’t need to use it, you can return it after you’re done hiking, which is another great option. None the less, the bear spray in necessary and could save your life!
***Parking at Logan pass gets filled very quickly. Get there early or else you will have to drive circles around the parking lot and wait for a spot to open (sharing this from personal experience).